A busy day and we had Marlene as our guide. Patrick was investigating a location for our canyoning excursion on Wednesday. We first visited the Villa Kerylos which is a replica of an ancient Greek villa and was built in the early 1900s by Theodore Reinach, a famous French archaeologist. It is a beautiful building and what we really enjoyed was the extensive audio guide tour. It was essentially a history of Greek life as represented in the house. Quite a bit of information about the Greek gods which David enjoyed.

We then traveled to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild which was also build in the early 1900s. It is a wonderful house and gardens built on land that offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean. It reminded me of a mini-Versailles. While no audio guide, there was a video presentation describing the villa’s history which we enjoyed. We walked around the grounds for about 90 minutes.

We then drove to Nice for a swim in the sea and then walked around the older section of the city which was fun. The streets are very narrow. We made it home after 7pm, sat on the balcony to eat bread, sausage, cheese and drink champagne. Dinner at 9pm and bed about 10:30pm. Another terrific day!

The Villa Kerylos.

Our intrepid guide Marlene with the boys outside the Villa Kerylos

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

Every 20 minutes the garden fountains went in time to classical music. David and Alex loved watching the program.

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild has seven gardens and we visited all of them. Alex directed us through all of the gardens with a map of the grounds.

One of the many amazing views from the villa’s grounds.

2 thoughts on “Villas”

  1. are the Rothschilds adopting? PS – did you know that the Romans used to send their political exiles to your neck of the woods?

  2. Hi Peggy, I looked into being adopted by the Rothschilds but made no progress. Maybe you’ll have better luck. Mention that you’ve seen the house! I didn’t know Menton was used as a place of exile. I guess it depends where you were housed, but the climate isn’t bad. Thanks! Rich

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